Sometimes you have to give it your all. So here I am in the Collins Gallery of Portland’s Central Library, after a photo shoot for an article on the centennial of woman suffrage in Oregon and the launch of Blue Thread. I’m decked out in my 1912 costume, from outrageous hat to button-sided boots, and I’m sitting a few feet away from the suffrage exhibit. I’m also a few days away from my Petticoat Postcards! presentation with artist Addie Boswell in this very room. I want inspiration. I want Birdie!
Birdie Wise graduated from the University of Oregon in June 1912. She won first prize and $150 (big bucks in those days) for her “Dawn of Tomorrow” oration at the graduation exercises. Birdie argued that suffrage was a natural for women. Here’s why (to quote The Oregonian quoting Birdie):
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